The Flux Summit is billed as “San Francisco’s Premier Electronic Music Industry Event,” but Thursday’s free summit event has a topic of interest to fans of all genres.

Discussion Topic for Flux Summit 002: What’s Shaking Down SF Music Venues?

What does the future hold for San Francisco’s nightlife? The venues, artists and musicians who spend their lives dedicated to music and the fans who enjoy it are being threatened by the actions of the California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC). Hear about the issues first hand from top representatives in SF’s music nightlife including club owners and city representatives and get involved in a group discussion. Learn about the challenges facing our community and find out how you can get involved.

Moderator: Michael Winger (Advocacy Committee Co-Chair, SF Chapter of Recording Academy)
Terrance Alan (Founding President, SF Entertainment Commission)
Mark Rennie (Entertainment Law Specialist)
Tim Benetti (SF Nightclub Co-owner, Bottom of the Hill)
Debra Walker (Entertainment Political Figure, Candidate for San Francisco District 6 Supervisor)

As we’ve documented repeatedly, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s “War on Fun” continues to jeopardize the existence of many of the City’s longstanding venues. Add to that an economic climate where venues are closing with disturbing regularity (recently: Annie’s Social Club closed, House of Shields sold, and The Eagle looking for a purchaser), and you have a pretty negative state of affairs for local live music.

The Flux Summit takes place this Thursday, January 21st at Pyramind. Doors open at 6pm, with a mixer and listening session to follow the discussion. The summit is free, but you need to RSVP in advance.